Blessing of the Animals in Corner Brook

Dean Catherine blessing a much-loved pet dog
Doreen H. Klassen

A Blessing of the Animals service was held on the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist’s lawn in Corner Brook on October 15th, a Sunday afternoon. Various breeds of dogs and cats gathered with their owners for this service during a dry period between the weekend rains. The service included prayers, a reading from Genesis 1, readings from the writings of St Francis of Assisi, and songs. Choral Scholar MaryJane Jacobs led the song “All Things Bright and Beautiful” with her trumpet, and Choral Scholar Maria Veitch led the singing of the “Prayer of St. Francis” with her flute. The service, attended by both parishioners and community members, ended with the blessing of the animals by Dean Catherine Short and Canon Tanya White.

Parishioners and community members gathered with their pets
Deborah Howe reading from Genesis 1
Choral Scholar Maria Veitch leading the singing of the “Prayer of St. Francis” with her flute

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